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this is changing the world right now. the picture. from a rose to. look to. me. i. should just see. the cranes top diplomat the scene sided with the vandals and directing some of his own foul language at the russian president. today remains no. or else be put on a pre-pay system and europe's worried with its own supply virtually held hostage when. the u.s. prepares a military launchpad for possible help for iraq as the country teeters on the brink of collapse terrorists dominate the north keeping baghdad in the crosshairs.
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of the scotland's historic independence referendum no less than a hundred days away party this here's some of the hope some fears feeling the yes and no campaign. live from moscow is kevin ok with you this hour here on out international this is the weekly or rather the big stories that helped shape the past seven days and one dominating our coverage russia's embassy in ukraine has been vandalized by crowds of young people who threw stones and petrol bombs and drew nazi symbols on the walls ukraine's interim foreign minister also showed up he was shouting obscene slogans together with the vandals for scott scott the details from. despite the fact there was no police presence to stop events unfolding on saturday which is in
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breach of the vienna convention incidentally which says that all embassy should be protected from attack by the host nation despite this lack of police presence one official did turn up that was ukraine's interim foreign minister he was there siding with the demonstrators now he expressed his concern for the safety of the ukrainian staff inside the embassy and he also called for the closure of the border between russia and ukraine but the diplomat was caught on camera using less than diplomatic language when talking about russian president vladimir putin if you are going to have a good start because that will receive that but i think it looks very good. for the . well what this means for diplomatic relations between russia and ukraine remains to be seen russia have taken their concerns over saturday's events to the united nations they're calling for a resolution condemning the attack on their embassy which has apparently been
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blocked by western nations now police say it all started on saturday when around one hundred demonstrators arrived outside the embassy carrying anti russia placards and shouting anti putin slogans but the mood soon turned sour and the atmosphere deteriorated when masked men believed to be from the right sector turned up they started pelting the building with paint and with eggs and they smashed windows as well they overturned vehicles and smashed cars to pieces the demonstrators are angry accusing russia of supplying arms to anti-government forces in the east of ukraine it's believed that many of the masked men were from the right sector because they were red and black right sector partners giving their identity away paul scott reporting for us there well it turns out in fact that swearing at another country's president in front of the embassy is an indication of diplomatic skill at least that's what the american ambassador to kiev appears to think this is a post twitter feed where he praises the ukrainian foreign minister his behavior.
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one ukrainian m.p. also right at the scene of the writing is thought he went there to try and ease the situation. i but his steady he was handed a stone and urged to throw it at the embassy being egged on here as you can see they tried to protest that seemed to be they succumbed to the pressure of need she is from the rioters but he did learn a hard lesson in how crowds can turn as you're about to see just a minute or two later it was then pulled to the green staying by a protest of the go apparently took exception to the deputy turning up in a luxury car the deputy was sent to want to bus after the crowd punctured the tires of said car the russian foreign minister's father official complaint with kiev now demanding compensation for the damage done he says the rioters were trying to storm the embassy and could have been intending to shed blood he also had a word for his ukrainian counterpart to. seville i was particularly
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offended that the so-called protesters were joined by the interim parliament appointed foreign minister of ukraine who took the liberty of making statements that transgress the bounds of decency i realize he's learned from someone else those in washington who support the current ukrainian authorities aren't shy of using strong language but it diplomat has to moderate his language nevertheless i don't know how he's going to communicate or work with us now is good no reason to believe that the attack on the embassy was organized by the ukrainian authorities but i have no doubt that this is a sign of the impunity they feel of because of the way our western partners support them for his part ukraine's president hasn't commented on the attack on the russian embassy and according to michael carley is an expert on russian relations with the west he's being cautious and rightly so. i'm guessing that he needs to consult his american brokers perhaps private sector actors.
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caught between a rock and a hard place his main strongest backers want to open with russia but he's not a stupid man and he must know. what an end to presidency were and is. doesn't have a lot of time to make its mind sitting on the evening. reporting as well tonight another town in eastern ukraine suffered heavy damage from shelling he's what looks like after a night of bombardment what is said to be an artillery and rocket launch of the central market there also the bus station that paralyzed public transport for a while several houses you can see took the brunt of it as well the anti government forces so the army was the one firing in turn the military officials are blaming the activists. focus on savan that cities and jude days of artillery attacks earlier this week video emerged allegedly showing five bombs being dropped on the city i spoke to former british army an intelligence
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officer who's recently returned from ukraine he told me the attack bears the hallmarks of bad phosphorus weapons. i've seen the video i've looked at it closely it does indeed tallow if we what one might say are the hallmarks of white phosphorous use for example a very bright light burning and multiple burns coming down from the sky it's an aircraft could use such as a mortar or perhaps from an aircraft and then of course again the telltale still burning in videos i've seen in the daytime showing actually this very territorial white or gray smoke so white phosphorus being used it's an alarming development of course it needn't necessarily be legal but it depends on the usage concerned and that's exactly why of course a lot of and indeed other people even from the west should be even if they haven't so far should be calling for a pop in for investigation of this incident to prevent the escalating. ukraine
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authorities released to detain two journalists two from a russian t.v. channel who route to an airport to return home of the time it's the latest in a series of incidents where russian reporters have been apprehended you can find more about their plight of t. dot com. at least fifteen people have been killed in iraq in a string of bombings across baghdad on sunday that follows an advance of business missed six treatments from the islamic state in iraq and syria group who this week are now within thirty kilometers of the capital a u.s. aircraft carrier is heading to the persian gulf and i was washington prepared a foothold in case military operations are required in iraq the terrorist goal is to shape the country into a hotbed of radicalism in the second largest city mosul meantime this cold mail ready have been become reality as militants are reportedly planning to create a new government this is day the army's resorted to rolling volunteers in the struggle to hold back the offensive of the terrorists the radical groups the u.s.
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military campaign back to its advantage seizing american army hardware that was earlier supplied to a rat would have. as the details. what we're leaving behind a sovereign stable and self-reliant iraq two and a half years later the people america left behind are running away fleeing for their lives on hoth a million people have already escaped from iraq's second city mosul off the i.s.i. al forced the army to retreat reports a gunman have also sees a nearby oil refinery town iraq's prime minister calling for a state of emergency after hundreds of gunman took control of strategic parts of the northern city of mosul by wednesday militants had seized the turkish consulate in mussel kidnapping the head of diplomatic mission and two dozen staff members some thirty thousand iraqi soldiers reportedly turned and ran as militants from the islamic state of iraq and syria known as isis moved in unleashing an all out
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assault on the city they've taken control of hospitals police stations they have taken control of a musician dumps and weapons stores that the fleeing government forces of what they've left behind many of the abandoned weapons and military hardware now in the hands of hardline terrorists were imported into iraq from gas where i think you all are aware of the shipments that we've provided that include the delivery of three hundred hellfire missiles millions of rounds of small arms fire thousands of rounds of tank ammunition helicopter fired rockets to distract the security forces and don't forget about the u.s. supplied humvees here you can see isis insurgents riding and inspecting the vehicles driving them across the border into war torn syria critics call it an unintended consequence of the u.s. war in iraq coming home to roost there weren't any real sizable organized militant groups in iraq until al qaeda of the mesopotamia rose right back
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to the u.s. invasion to help the army we train them a purpose. eight years and that didn't seem to work. bush dismantled the original rocky army after the us invasion and that's the root of the problem the u.s. war in iraq cost washington close to one trillion dollars and the lives of more than forty five hundred soldiers hundreds of thousands of iraqis have reportedly been killed while the u.s. was looking for w m d's and spreading democracy. the unified and kompany iraqi military that was allegedly established has buckled weapons that were made in the usa are now in the hands of america's enemies and the country left to fend for itself in a state of crisis sure enough but now i have a party. it's a very serious situation the u.n. says more than a thousand civilians have been killed this month alone eight hundred thousand
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people have been forced to flee their homes to escape the advancing jihadists and indeed the situation is no better for the troops see the isis now boasts that it's executed around seventeen hundred captured iraqi soldiers pictures have been circulated in the last few hours gruesome pictures they are too. let's know have a look at why the army appears to be so powerless the for now at least against the islamist fighters there are a lot of strings to the boa but firstly when the extremists seize mosul it opened up access to cash arms and ammunition all vitally important another key said isis has tried to capture is iraq's largest oil refining area indeed the militants did briefly gain control over that before being pushed out again by the army and the number of militants is growing the group said to have helped hundreds of prisoners escaped from jail some of them in turn join the ranks on top of that it's exploiting them fueling sectarian tension in the community gathering support among radicalized sunni muslims and another string to the bow another branch of the group
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operates just over the border in syria that's them been providing a steady flow of reinforcements back into iraq in the week i spoke to peter van buren he served with the u.s. foreign service for more than twenty years he thinks the world's no only just beginning to feel the consequences of the u.s. led war in iraq. when you deliver weapons to the battlefield you really have no control over what happens to them the united states has made a number of terrible mistakes in iraq and supplying all these weapons including air to ground missiles and things that could easily leak out of iraq and threaten us elsewhere everything that we're seeing today is made inevitable by the two thousand and three invasion the united states never understood that iraq was three separate states the sunni the shia and the kurds state held together by a strong man saddam and a very powerful security apparatus when all of that was done away with it was inevitable that some kind of settling was going to be necessary for these three
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groups to live you're seeing right now is the inevitable settling of the mess the united states kicked over. coming up dalal no deal if you crane's gas we're finding out more after the break. debating american foreign policy is there one any more traditionally the political left and right and clearly different positions on how washington should exert power in the world today it appears everyone in the establishment is a hawk. dramas
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the. stories others refuse to. fix is changing the world right. so picture. from around the. globe. to me. now is less than twenty four hours than to pay at least half of it said huge gas bills to russia the total which now exceeds four billion dollars if it doesn't pay up it'll be transferred to a prepay system meaning it will get exactly as much gas as it pays for in advance andrew farmer talked to our over about why a daily even this very late hour seems so far off. average single party that is
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involved in this really ongoing dispute only stand to lose and russia including us the country is losing billions in revenues and we're talking about an enormous sum of money that the state budget is quite depended on and of course there is the country's reputation as a reliable allergy supplier now that refutation is currently at stake you mentioned russia presumably kiev is going to lose the most it's true while however while the row has rumbled on at the same time ukraine has been secretly stockpiling gas reserves and just recently the country's government announced that they do have enough to last until i am and that even without paying now apart from that ukrainian people do stand to lose out shafts simply dance are piling up and russia has already offered a lower gas price but more and the longer
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a key of refuses to compromise and negotiate the the higher the eventual bill will be many people want to show you the rest of europe is a bystander in all of this but actually europe could suffer to it's true because europe is not at all a bystander actually the european supplies are most triscuit but just looking simply at this graphic suit can see how much you are is the pattern on gas from supplies and there's actually more than that for some european nations cash from is the only an energy source so if this continues to be the case when ukraine refuses to compromise which it does at the moment then you are likely faces being cut off in the near future and we've been in that situation before when ukraine feel to me that it's a gas obligations and that's led to only one thing ukraine was siphoning off gas
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that was a. ended for european customers so just recently the borel bank asked a maid at that such as the naira could see a massive prize hike for gas for european nations in some cases up to fifty per cent and actually i try to sell mother some of the factors there are styling this negotiations but still no deal despite concession after compromise after concession . or see others are we were numb pickles is the russians offered to reduce the gas price by one hundred dollars a so-called discount on those cute and so they did a lowering the price to three hundred eighty five dollars per thousand cubic meters which is roughly what european countries pay for russian gas what's more moscow is ready to guarantee that trade for increased year and refereeing the e.u. found the offer fayer. i believe three hundred eighty five dollars is
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a reduction and it can be considered reasonable but with some people you give an inch and they take a mile and we support the we pay the price that we consider is the market rate and that is two hundred sixty eight dollars for a thousand cubic meters so it's a bit of almost you ukraine a you know have been offered a very generous discount on this and yet they still want all of that it really is quite incredible that the the chutzpah of the ukrainian government is i don't think any amount of this got ready will satisfy you crank their support and forthright however give stubbornness may not be rooted in what it needs but what it wants which could well be profits. of ukraine wants to receive cheap gas and resell it basically making money using russia it's a very odd positions. another stumbling block what to do with ukraine's four and a half billion dollar gas debt to russia. ukraine's naftogaz is not
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going to pay its debt to gasp from until we reach a package agreement by its occurrence because that on the strategy of the ukrainian side is outright blackmail according to kiev a deal can be reached only and exclusively on ukrainian terms russia's gas from offering to save the day or at least offered a huge saving pay half of the debts and get a twenty percent discount on the rest otherwise ukraine would be switched to a pay in advance system russia needs to make sure that ukraine is paying the market price no ifs no buts no cackling no what fill in the market price as another country does. so far the quarreling science has failed to reach an amicable solution if a teacher's practically ukraine's acting prime minister has scuppered the talks
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from the start ukraine took no constructive steps made no compromises and apparently wants to maximally aggravate our gas relations. which may not be says in well with the european partners the ukrainian government is being intransigent and also putting the people of europe at risk that's why the e.u. is actually cautiously supporting russia's position at this time it will work by with monday's deadline taking average closer helps for a breakthrough or a slowly fading away and in the question r.t. moscow. negotiations between russian and ukrainian officials reportedly ongoing right now as for whether they'll yield anything let's get some thoughts on the talk to government a business consultant crystal hole still now on the line from berlin hi there christophe well despite eleven hours to go now till ten o'clock tomorrow morning moscow time where is it going to go do you think. well it's not looking
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very good honestly and moscow has shown all kinds of patience and lenience and reduce the prize and stop the order about terms and things like that and now i think that is coming to an end and that's good. good well we'll talk about what there is good or not for ukraine and for the broader e.u. in a minute but why apparently is ukraine being so intransigent here where you know we have washington puppet regime in ukraine and washington's intent is to you know stop the good understanding in europe between the e.u. and russia and a good vehicle to do that is this kind of you know gas trouble created in effect with washington's backing and so we need not wait for any you know good approach of the interim regime but politics aside people in the west in western europe are bob
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worried about the gas supplies were cooking etc etc etc why isn't brussels putting more pressure on ukraine right now to at least try a major the middle with the russian side. you see that is the big big problem of the e.u. people have with their governments because they conduct a kind of high treason policy in effect by and not you know heeding the true interests of the european people but following washington in a very stupid and uses useless way and for that reason i think the e.u. is by its strange governments not putting any pressure on kiev which would be very easy in the well of they hope it will be some last minute reprieve here or not well i'm sure they've got a contingency plan now. i think what happens now is that russell makes the choice and it's not a choice between the you know more losing more money or being the bad guy because
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the bad guy question fact is decided in the media russia decides to make a media campaign the picture will be different from bad guy and in fact the main thing is to stop losing money now switch off the gas go to a prepaid system in summer is respected much more than in the starting to do that an automobile winter would you crave do you think we've seen this happen twice before would ukraine dare siphon off any of the gas supplies that were being transmitted through for its own use because it would then alienated closest neighbor you see what what do you think about this ukrainian government is killing its own people why should they not steal gas. well the next eleven twelve hours or so the next day is going to be crucial kristoff thanks being a line friends give us your thoughts crist of course. you are. talking of clocks ticking down scotland's historic independence referendum is inching ever closer to passing the one hundred days to go this week both sides are busy trying to sway
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undecided scots that no camp has got a clear lead in the polls at the moment but their opponents have been steadily gaining ground increasing their support by a robot four percent in the last four months for some of the choices not pursuing independence or no independence but between two radically different visions of scotland artie's been listening to opinions from both sides. and scoff and. feel money and also get a good deal a deal of money out we have a lot of pensioners in scotland we've got to worry about i were going to pay off our our pension bell the oil is as base can get taxes and roll to us from it. you know the all prices dropping through the four you can base your entire. you know your tire caught me on oil with been together through war and peace. people are just fanatics that's in for what it's worth this is a vassal states for the for the united states and we want to break with that and everything that that means but we all we want to say that we want to have influence
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we want to have influence with partners there with the economy in britain is being run just know is leading towards massive inequality on a historic scale and i think the real question is can we afford not to vote yes in september. well we'll find out later on the head live more about nato's role in the breakup of yugoslavia the next live news update is in thirty four minutes time with me kevin of. the recent events in ukraine definitely have a wide range of interpretation both russia and the west accuse the other of doing a lot of meddling some people call those who are fighting out east separatists or
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terrorists but others call them a people's militia fighting the kiev and this sort of situation everyone has their bias and it's hard to tell what is going on but i can tell you one thing in the sea of opinion the kiev side is using artillery and fact there have been numerous reports of artillery strikes like the one that just a few days ago hit the sales of hope orphanage which was thankfully empty at the time why is our tour such a big deal well if you send guys with guns in the fight they're going to see their target try to kill it but artillery shoots targets they can't even see they just throw shells at a general location and interestingly enough many locations seem to be in populated areas of the breakaway republics so who is the actual target of randomly shelling populated areas well if we turn on our brains for a second we can see that artillery is one of the worst ways to take out a specific threat in a local population but it sure is a good way to eliminate the entire local population because maybe that's who the quote threat actually is but that's just my opinion.
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